Designing With Health in Mind
 
June 13th, 2019

Keep an eye out for #KBTribeChat posts between 2-3pm EST on Wednesday afternoons. Like and re-tweet them with the Hashtag #WhyTile.
Discussion Questions:
1. In the design process, what details do you focus on when designing with health and safety in mind? Please share solutions you like!
Healthy material choices not only affect indoor air quality but it’s important to know how they affect the environment and if they are made from renewal resources.
2. Are your clients asking for sustainable (healthy for the earth) and healthy products and design choices? Do these healthy building materials and design choices cost more?
3. How can technology help us address health and safety concerns in the kitchen? What about in bathrooms?
4. What features can help the end user make healthy choices in the kitchen?
5. What features can offer healthful benefits in the bathroom?
6. Do you take ergonomic principles into consideration when designing kitchens or bathrooms? Does this include the reasoning behind cabinet pull-outs and other cabinet features? What about appliance considerations?
7. In what ways can we plan for client safety in the kitchen and bath spaces we design? Please share important tips for designing spaces that work for all stages of life.
The reduction of clutter in our homes has not only been shown to reduce stress but simplification is a current design trend. How does this apply to designing healthy kitchens and bathrooms?
8. What are your go to design tips for reducing clutter in kitchens?
9. What are your go to design tips for reducing clutter in bathrooms?
Join the conversation at http://tweetchat.com/ using the hashtag #Kbtribechat

For more info: https://kbtribechat.com/2019/05/02/may-8-at-kbtribechat-designing-healthy-kitchens-and-baths/


Ceramic Tile is Environmentally-Friendly
 
June 6th, 2019

Many ceramic tile options are made from recycled materials. Plus, once installed, tile can be reused generation after generation. There’s no question: combining incredible durability and responsible manufacturer usage of recycled content, tile is one of the most eco-friendly flooring options available

 

View VIDEO here on WhyTile.com: https://whytile.com/healthy-spaces/#sustainability
View VIDEO here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxVP2H-Thyg


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‘Fabric Look’ in Why Tile Inspiration Gallery
 
May 23rd, 2019

In honor of #NationalTextilesDay, we’re sharing some of our favorite ceramic tiles made to look like textiles. Incorporating the look and texture of linens and other fabrics, gives your space a good base layer to build on. See examples of this tile style in the Why Tile Inspiration Gallery.WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-May-20191 WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-May-20192

https://whytile.com/project/tile-style/fabric-look/


Design pros review some of their favorite tile styles seen at Coverings for Forbes
 
May 16th, 2019

Design pros review some of their favorite tile styles seen at @Coverings for @Forbes. Standout trends included moody marble looks, dimensional whites, tropical florals and more. Read more here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamiegold/2019/04/19/design-biz-pros-share-their-coverings-tile-show-takes/#1eb42de33f04WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-April-2019-5 WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-April-2019-6


CTDA Technical Committee Update
 
May 14th, 2019

by Frank Donahue, CTDA Technical Committee Chairman, Best Tile

 

1.  Work continues by the ANSI A-108 committee to establish guidelines for the application of large format gauged porcelain tile to exteriors using a direct bond method.

This guideline has major potential to open building exteriors as an additional surface for the use of porcelain tiles.

 

2.  Discussion continues with regard to the variety of training available in the marketplace for contractors that install large format gauged porcelain tile with the goal of ensuring that training is sufficient, and it aligns with the qualified labor language in specifications or installation instructions.  Not all training is the same but should meet a minimum criterion that will ensure a proper installation.

 

3.  The TCNA Handbook committee is working with Scott Conwell from the IMI to propose an outreach to the architectural and design community that promotes knowledge of the TCNA Handbook.

A great deal of work has been accomplished by the TCNA Handbook committee to create and perfect a usable body of knowledge and the next step is ensuring wide dissemination of this information.

 

4. I encourage our CTDA members to get involved on the CTDA Technical committee and to attend our industry technical meetings.  CTDA members have an important role to play in the education of the consumer and installer of ceramic tile, porcelain and stone products.  It is critical that the CTDA membership provide 2-way communications to the industry committees on issues from the field as well as to the installation community on matters addressed by the industry.

 


2019 Tile Trends: Textured Tile
 
May 9th, 2019

Sticking to a monochromatic pallet? Textured tile is a great way to add visual interest without introducing too many colors. It also provides a tactile quality that’ll have your guests walking right up to touch the walls. Read more here: https://whytile.com/2019/04/2019-tile-trends-textured-tile/WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-April-2019-3 WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-April-2019-4


Mirrored Tile
 
May 2nd, 2019

Nothing throws light around a room like mirrored tile can. From reflective glazes on 3D ceramic, to completely mirrored glass tiles, there are loads of mirrored tile styles that can turn an everyday space into a jewel box. Read more here: https://whytile.com/2019/03/2019-tile-trends-mirror-tile/WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-April-2019-WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-April-20191 WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-April-20192


Tile America Announces Supplier of the Year
 
April 26th, 2019

NEW HAVEN, CT, April 26, 2018 – Tile America is proud to announce Island Stone with their “2019 Supplier of the Year” award. For over ten years, Tile America has been recognizing one industry partner each year for an exceptional level of service; high quality and innovative products, on time delivery; responsive field support and product training; effective sales promotions and marketing.

“Island Stone is the go to for spa-like projects with their innovative flat pebble stone product that is soft to the touch and inspired by organic shapes in nature.”  said Lana Camera, Product Manager & Showroom Coordinator for Tile America.

Island Stone’s goal is to reflect nature’s raw, exotic beauty by offering a wide range tile collection which boasts Indonesian Pebble Tile, to Asian contemporary within a variety of looks woven throughout the collection.  The Island Stone team strives to maintain a strict level of quality and consistency from their choice of materials to manufacturing.

 

Tile America’s Purchasing Manager, Laurie Ruotolo, said, “Island Stone is awesome with confirmations, solving problems, and conveying any issues with orders.”
Tile America suppliers are nominated and chosen by Tile America employees.  The award was presented at the annual industry trade show, Coverings, which was held in Orlando, Florida in April.

About Tile America

Tile America has been a Connecticut based family business for over 50 years. With seven showrooms, Tile America offers an endless selection of quality products, highly specialized design consultants and an exceptional experience, every time.

 

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From Left to Right: Jeff Nibler, COO/President of Sales at Island Stone North America | Brian Knies, Owner/President of Tile America | Right: David Menez, National Account Manager of Island Stone North America

 

For more information contact: Cailin Cerruto | Tile America | ccerruto@tileamerica.com


Rick Church, Executive Director of CTDA, will be chairing the panel debate on the Globalization of the Ceramic Tile Quality
 
April 17th, 2019

Rick Church, Executive Director of CTDA, The Ceramic Tile Distributors Association, will be chairing the panel debate on the Globalization of the Ceramic Tile Quality which will take place at Qualicer 2020. Also participating on the panel are Federica Minozzi, CEO of group Iris Ceramica and Alfredo Peña, CEO of Graiman.

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QUALICER, the forum for ceramic tile, originated in 1990 when the Castellón Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Navigation, and the College of Industrial Engineers joined hopeful expectations, efforts, and resources in creating an event exclusively dedicated to the ceramic tile sector, a watershed event in the history of such a dynamic and powerful sector, which has been the true engine driving the economy of this Mediterranean province.

 

QUALICER was born as a modest forum for debate on tile as a product; it became a world congress on ceramic tile quality, and later not only addressed the quality of the process, the product, and tile installation, but also the quality of every element involved in the complex network of the ceramic business world.

 

In the course of the years, QUALICER has matured and extended its frontiers, consolidating itself as a key international event for the world of ceramics.

More information may be found here: http://www.qualicer.org/en/rick-church-executive-director-of-ctda-confirms-his-participation-at-qualicer-2020/

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